THE AMINTA DRESS





"No dreams within her heart but dreams of love......"



A dress inspired by Spanish Flamenco dance and folk costumes, through its rich lace flounces and embroidery. But also general 18th century fashion: the bodice being closed over the bust in an A-shaped manner, displaying another bodice or stomacher underneath, the flounced pagoda sleeves, and of course the little white linen apron. Sadly, only a few European productions do the little apron.

The bodice consists of corseted bodice with a stomacher in front. The stomacher is decorated with colourful floral appliqués and mock lacing. The neck opening is emphasized by either an embroidered, fringed scarf or fringe and embroidery on its own. The sleeves are elbow length and flounced; with peach embroidered silk over white, black and/or gold lace. The skirt is made of several rows of embroidered flounces, as a nod to Spanish folk costumes. The skirt has a front split, to reveal a golden/black lace underskirt. Underneath there's a black netting skirt, to give the dress a nice bell shape.

The original dress used by Sarah Brightman in both West End and Broadway had real laces on the flounced layers, but most later versions has had embroideries instead. This gives a lighter look. The dress use a peachy pink silk dupioni, and the embroidery is mostly chain stitch. The US dresses has netting layers peeking out under the embroideried layers, I'm guessing as an extra "fluffing" effect, but also to emphasize the layers. The costume also includes an embroidered shawl plus black high-heeled boots.

Only some productions add the red rose Maria Bjørnson drew in Christine's curly hair. The original Australian production and tour had it, and recently it reappeared in Argentina.




Visit this site to see a picture gallery showing different versions of the Aminta costume